HALLOWE EN posters are being issued by Cambridgeshire police and patrols are being increased to deter youngsters from misbehaving while out trick or treating. For the first time, police are issuing no trick or treaters posters for people to display in w
HALLOWE'EN posters are being issued by Cambridgeshire police and patrols are being increased to deter youngsters from misbehaving while out trick or treating.
For the first time, police are issuing 'no trick or treaters' posters for people to display in windows to show they are not taking part in the proceedings.
The posters, which can be downloaded from the force website, aim to avoid confusion over whether or not a household is taking part in Hallowe'en.
Pc Andy Key, from the police community safety unit, said: "If children see one of these posters I would urge them not to knock on the door. And if people say they are not interested in taking part, then they should respect that."
Officers in central division have also given posters to shops in the area which explain they will not be selling eggs or flour to any youngsters during the build up to Hallowe'en.
The police have also warned the children who plan to take to the streets next Tuesday for their annual trick or treat calls that they need to remain well behaved.
Sgt Dave Bax said: "Hallowe'en is always a fun time of year for children but it also sees an increase in anti-social behaviour.
"Children may think that it is just part of the Hallowe'en festivities to play a trick on people by throwing eggs at their window but for those on the receiving end it is frustrating and can be intimidating."
Patrols across Huntingdon, St Ives and St Neots will be increased on Tuesday evening as part of the police operation to ensure minimal disruption.
INFORMATION: To download a poster visit www.cambs.police.uk or for safety advice contact your local community safety unit on 0845 4564564.